Families of 4 Marines killed in Chattanooga shooting receive Purple Hearts

Courtesy: U.S. Marine Corps photo by MSgt. John Lee, II

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WKRN) – The families of four Marines who were killed during the Chattanooga shooting last year received Purple Hearts on Wednesday.

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist and Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells were killed during an attack at the Navy Operational Support Center on July 16, 2015.

Four Marines Chattanooga Shooting

“Our brothers were taken from us; your sons, your husbands, your fathers, your brothers were taken from us,” said Lt. Gen. Rex McMillian. “But what cannot, and will not ever be taken from us is the incredible impressions they made on each and every one of us.”

An investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navy Criminal Investigative Service determined the attack was inspired by a foreign terrorist group, which made the late Marines eligible for the Purple Heart medal.

“They were my brothers,” said Maj Christopher Cotton. “I can never thank them enough, I can never thank you enough for what they did.”

The family of Petty Officer Randall Smith, a sailor who was also killed, and a recruiter who was also injured in the shooting both received Purple Hearts in previous ceremonies.

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